BSHM logo with the text British Society for the History of Mathematics, Christmas Meeting & AGM 2023, Saturday 9th December 2023

Maths, Museums & Changing Mindsets: BSHM Christmas Meeting 2023

I gave a 20 minute ‘member short talk’ at the British Society for the History of Mathematics’ Christmas Meeting 2023.

Abstract from the meeting’s book of abstracts:

Could exposure to mathematical themes whilst visiting museums help to change the negative attitudes towards mathematics that are prevalent in modern British society? A survey that formed part of a research project submitted towards an MA in Education suggests that this may be the case for secondary-age children visiting museums as part of a school visit. This finding came with a surprising twist, and the project also investigated what mathematics teachers might want from such offers, and looked into whether it was in the best interests of museums to provide them.

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